Jeff Schapiro joins WCVE's Saraya Wintersmith for this week's political analysis. Topics this week focus on court cases involving redistricting, Denver Riggleman's exit from the gubernatorial race, and the unveiling of Trump's budget plan.
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Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist and 88.9 WCVE’s Political Analyst Jeff Schapiro speaks with WCVE News Director Craig Carper about the week in Virginia politics including:
Trump uses Virginia, a state he didn’t carry, as a backdrop for his proposed military buildup. On Thursday (3/2), Trump visits Newport News Shipbuilding, one of the state’s biggest manufacturers; among its biggest employers and one likely to prosper under Trump’s call for a 10 percent increase in the Pentagon budget.
Democratic congressman whose district includes shipyard, Bobby Scott, welcomes the proposed buildup as jobs-generator, but objects to financing Defense Department with cuts in human services.
The General Assembly is wrapping up its 2017 session. Majority Leader Kirk Cox has been announced as the new House Speaker after former Speaker William Howell announced his retirement.
The Assembly has managed to present a budget that makes up the forecasted $1.5 billion gap.
Immigration law in Virginia will likely be a heavy focus during elections this fall.
Redistricting reform was killed in the Assembly this week.
A Federal court ruled in favor of State Attorney General Mark Herring's lawsuit against President Trump's executive order on immigration.
House Republicans kill Governor McAuliffe's criminal justice reform efforts, refusing to raise the felony threshold from $250 to $500.
Jeff Schapiro joins 88.9 WCVE News Director, Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis.
Republicans are quietly killing abortion bills without debate following President Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat.
Attorney General Mark Herring filed a legal challenge against President Trump’s immigration order, and Dave Brat is accused of being inaccessible to his constituents.
Jeff Schapiro has this week’s political analysis.
Republicans push pay raises for state workers, state police.
Virginia senators are digging in against some Trump Cabinet nominees. Kaine – already opposing Rex Tillerson for State – will vote against Betsy DeVos for education secretary, expressing concerns about her supposedly hostile views on public education and possible ethical conflicts thru her family’s vast fortune. Warner says he’ll vote against Jeff Sessions for attorney general, citing Session’s perceived hostility to voting and civil rights.
88.9 WCVE’s political analyst Jeff Schapiro, of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, joins news director Craig Carper for a look at this week’s political landscape.
88.9 WCVE’s political analyst Jeff Schapiro, of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, joins 88.9 WCVE News Director Craig Carper for a look at this week’s political news.